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potable

[poh-tuh-buh l] /ˈpoʊ tə bəl/
adjective
1.
fit or suitable for drinking:
potable water.
noun
2.
Usually, potables. drinkable liquids; beverages.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; < Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, equivalent to Latin pōtā(re) to drink + -bilis -ble
Related forms
potability, potableness, noun
nonpotable, adjective, noun
unpotable, adjective
Can be confused
portable, potable.
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British Dictionary definitions for potability

potable

/ˈpəʊtəbəl/
adjective
1.
fit to drink; drinkable
noun
2.
something fit to drink; a beverage
Derived Forms
potability, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin pōtābilis drinkable, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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Word Origin and History for potability
potable
1572, from O.Fr. potable (14c.), from L.L. potabilis "drinkable," from L. potare "to drink" (see potion).
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potability in Medicine

potable po·ta·ble (pō'tə-bəl)
adj.
Fit to drink; drinkable.


po'ta·bil'i·ty or po'ta·ble·ness n.
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